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Green Bean Divan Wraps

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Cooking With Kids (NC) - So the kids are home and you don't know how to entertain them? Why not open your pantry and fridge and get cooking?

Kids love to get their hands dirty, so why not let them do it while helping you prepare tasty and nutritious meals? Cooking together will turn into a fun learning experience that will help your kids become more independent and aware of the importance of a varied diet. If you get them started when they're young, they'll get in the habit of cooking for themselves and it will help them to limit their intake of fast food, which is typically high in calories, sugar and fat.

Green Bean Divan Wraps
Go South! Fresh from the Southern U.S. works hard to bring us fresh fruits and vegetables year round. With their help, you and your kids can enjoy fresh wholesome goodness during the winter months.

Here are some tips to get your kids cooking:

  • Include kids in menu planning and grocery shopping. It will get them interested in meal preparation.

  • Choose simple and quick recipes for young children.

  • Start kids off with easy tasks: washing vegetables, stirring ingredients, setting the table.

  • Remember to have fun - let your kids create edible art with cucumbers, green beans and sweet potatoes.

Go South! (www.gosouthproduce.com) provides recipes and information for you and your kids that will help create meals that are fun and nutritious.

Here is a recipe suggestion that the kids will love to make:

These delicious wraps are perfect for lunch, dinner or snacks. They are simple and fun to make and eat.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb whole Southern U.S. green beans trimmed (about 48) 500 g
  • 1/4 cup salsa 60 mL
  • 4 flour tortillas or 4 flavoured wraps
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 60 mL
  • 4 slices smoked turkey or chicken

Directions:

In steamer, lightly steam beans until tender-crisp; set aside.

Spread 1 tbsp (15 mL) salsa on each tortilla. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp (15 mL) cheese. Wrap one turkey slice around 12 beans, allowing beans to stick out at both sides; place at one end of tortilla. Wrap tortilla around beans. Repeat for remaining wraps.

Microwave each wrap on high for about 20 to 30 seconds or until filling is hot and cheese melts.


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